Friday, August 24, 2012
The Darien Chamber of Commerce will participate in the 11th annual Day of Service and Remembrance at the Grove Moose Lodge #1535 on Sept. 11.
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Friday, August 24, 2012
The Darien Chamber of Commerce will partner with other area chambers and the nonprofit "Giving DuPage" next month to host a special "Business After Hours" to remember the events of 9/11. The 11th annual Day of Service and Remembrance will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Downers Grove Moose Lodge 1535, 1030 Warren Ave. During the event, chambers in Darien, Downers Grove, Lombard and Westmont will join together to connect churches, schools, businesses, scout troops, families and individuals with service projects in local not-for-profits. Last year, in honor of the 10 anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Giving DuPage hosted a gathering that included music, speakers and on-site service projects at the Morton Arboretum. A new …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Patch troubadour Kevin Trudo looks back on the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, and urges us to remember.
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks dominated Patch’s coverage last week. In ceremonies across our region, people paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives on that day, and took time to reflect and remember. Watching and reading that coverage had an impact on Patch troubadour Kevin Trudo. We’re going to let his song, called “Together,” speak for itself this week. Lyrics are reprinted below. For more on Kevin Trudo, check out his Facebook page. Together We all remember where we were Did our mental inventory Who do we know in New York or out in DC? Our friends couldn't answer the phone All we got, we got from TV But the words and the pictures and thoughts just wouldn't agree For days there was ash in our lives Just a …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tom Jones, who has lived in Darien since 1987, escaped the south tower of the World Trade Center minutes before it collapsed.
Ten years later, Darien resident Tom Jones told a crowd at the Darien-Woodridge Fire District headquarters how he escaped the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Jones had started working for Morgan Stanley in July 2001 and traveled to New York City office on Sept. 9, 2001, for a business trip. He took part in meetings on Sept. 10 and was on a coffee break around 8:45 a.m.on Sept. 11 when he noticed black smoke coming from the North Tower. That's when he started his descent from the 61st floor to safety.
District 61 teaches students respect for those who serve the U.S.
Only the very oldest students at Lace Elementary School this year — the fifth-graders and a handful of fourth-graders — had been born on Sept. 11, 2001. But the students paid tribute Friday to the lives that were lost and the lives that were forever changed that day by each placing an American flag, nearly 600 in all, by the school sign on Cass Avenue. “With kids this age, you want to honor the day, but you want to make it age appropriate,” Lace Principal Marty Casey said. “This way, they get to do something meaningful. It frames it in the correct terms so they can go home and have a conversation with their families.” Teaching respect for those who serve the U.S. — in the military and as firefighters and police officers — has been a …
In hundreds of communities, chunks of steel from the Twin Towers beget memories of a day to mourn and prayers for a future of peace. Today, Patch shares many of those stories with you.
To the son who followed a family legacy into firefighting, it evokes the father and former Long Island fire chief who fell that day. To the director of a Georgia park, it explains why he’s been called to war three times in the past decade. To the residents of Gig Harbor, WA, it required no less than an escort of firefighters, paramedics and as many as 100 motorcycles during its nine-day, cross-country passage from New York City to the crash site of United Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to its new home in the Pacific Northwest. Shards of a symbol, hunks of steel. Bolt-studded, fire-scarred beams that until 9/11 supported theWorld Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York now lie scattered across American …
Friday, September 9, 2011
This year's eighth-graders were 3 or 4 years old in 2001. It's the first time the oldest students at Eisenhower Junior High are too young to remember Sept. 11.
This is the first year since 2001 that Stuart Stallings’ eighth-grade social studies students at Eisenhower Junior High don’t remember Sept. 11, 2001. Ten years ago, they were toddlers. “Each year, the students remember less and less,” he said. “But this year, collectively, they have no recollection.” But learning about the Sept. 11 attacks has struck a cord with the teenagers. “They are fascinated and drawn to this event that happened when they were so small,” Stallings said. This year’s eighth-graders have learned about 9/11 as history in its truest sense—something they do not recall but that marked a radical change in the world in which they live. "Just a part of history" Leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Stallings has asked …
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will be commemorated with a number of special events this weekend.
Communities across the southwest suburbs are planning a number of special events this weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Here's a quick guide to local ceremonies and vigils: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony The City of Aurora will mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a remembrance ceremony to honor families who lost loved ones and acknowledge the bravery of emergency responders during the tragedy. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, 75 N. Broadway, in downtown Aurora. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will host an open house following the ceremony to showcase a special 9/11 exhibit, “Ground Level: September 11-14.” …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Darien Patch wants to preserve residents’ remembrances and experiences as the 10-year anniversary approaches.
For most Americans—at least those of us old enough to remember—Sept. 11, 2001 seems like it was just yesterday. But, in fact, it's been nearly a decade. From the war on terror and the thousands of brave servicemen and women who have given their lives to keep America safe, to a shifting political landscape, the events of that day have forever changed our country. The attacks touched all Americans, not just the ones in New York or Washington or a field in Pennsylvania that fateful day, or those who have suffered the unspeakable pain of losing loved ones to the attacks themselves and the wars that followed. On Sunday, the United States will mark a somber milestone: the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. And we want to hear from you. Everyone has a …
A local Muslim-American woman, whose brother is a landscape architect working on the 9/11 Memorial Park, shares her thoughts on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
On a beautiful autumn day 10 years ago, I was pregnant, pushing my toddler in a baby stroller, and trying to escape the television. Walking the trail that bordered our apartment complex I was struck by how quiet it was (we lived near the airport and no jets were flying that day) and how despite the horrors I was seeing on the TV screen, the birds were still singing, the cicadas called and the butterflies hummed in a daze searching for nectar. Life continued, but like many Muslims, the events of 9/11 sparked off an intense questioning of my faith. I converted to Islam in 1997, and I asked myself, how could someone commit those atrocious crimes in the name my religion? I have been struggling with that question for the past 10 years. A …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The 24th annual DarienFest will be held Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, at Darien Community Park.
For those attending this year’s Chamber of Commerce-sponsored DarienFest and wondering what to wear, event organizers have a few suggestions. In observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, it will also be American Pride Weekend in Darien during the festival. “We’re encouraging everybody to wear red, white and blue,” said Clare Bongiovanni, the Darien Chamber of Commerce president and chief operating officer. The 24th annual DarienFest will be held from Sept. 9 through Sept. 11, at Darien Community Park, 71st Street and Clarendon Hills Road. The event will feature food, beverages, carnival rides and musical entertainment. The Darien-Woodridge Fire District plans to host a remembrance ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 11, and …